Recently, a sports talk show host reacted to basketball coach Monty Williams’s story of hope in the midst of his wife’s tragic death, saying, “I long ago put Christianity aside. But after hearing Monty’s story, I must reconsider.”
Launching into your story can be natural after you have explored a friend’s story! If your friend has felt listened to by you, he/she might even ask, “Next time, you will have to tell me your story!” Frequently, after hearing someone’ story, people have told me, “I have never told anyone the things I told you,” or, “I feel bad I just talked about me.” If they respond in a similar fashion or even if they do not, you can simply offer, “May I tell you my story?”
Begin by describing the basic facts of the family in which you grew up. Tell the positive things you experienced growing up – best memories, things you enjoyed, and other highlights! Picture how your abilities and life calling developed over time.
As the hymn says, we are all “weak and wounded by the fall.” As vulnerably as you are willing to be, share about hardships you have experienced – tough circumstances, family weirdness, and other wounds you carry from being sinned against. If you are aware of the ways your life challenges have impacted you, with discretion, explain the resulting sin patterns and self-salvation strategies in your life.
Begin with describing how you first came to believe the gospel. Tell the core of what you believed at that time or in that process. Then describe how the gospel has and is rescuing and healing you from the challenges in life you have experienced. Tell how you are growing in your understanding and experience of grace in the areas where you have been most in need of healing.
Identify how your deepest desires might be fulfilled when you are finally freed from the power of sin and a cursed creation. Express what it will be like for you and others you love when life’s wounds are fully healed!
Ok, I know that’s heavy! You may have thought, “I’ve never thought through things this deeply before.” That’s ok. Take time to process. Composing your life story offers you an opportunity to see your own life themes and how the gospel is healing you. Reflectively processing through your life story will enable you to share your story simply, vulnerably, and profoundly.
After sharing your story, receive your friend’s response–however they choose to express their response! If your friend does not offer a response, you might simply conclude saying, “Thanks for listening to my story.” The next time you have a chance to engage, you might ask, “What did you think about hearing my story?”
God’s Spirit moves through his people who embody His story! After sharing your story with a friend, you may find he/she is willing to hear God’s story from you! Next month, our step will be Unfolding God’s Story with your friend.
Posted: 3.28.2016 in Outreach Ministry Share: